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Further data handed over to seven partner organizations

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen this week provided further digital copies of its records to seven partner organizations in Israel, USA, Poland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Great Britain. It is a matter of 450,000 of a total of three million correspondence files. On the one hand, the documents contain inquiries, letters and eye witness reports from people who were victims of Nazi persecution themselves or their family members. On the other hand, the inquiries of authorities for the purpose of compensation are also kept here.

Involving around 60 million sheets of paper, the scanning of the correspondence files is the most extensive stage of the digitization project. A total of 750,000 files from these records have now been transferred digitally. People turned to the ITS to search for family members, to gain information on the existing documents or to require certificates for compensation and pension applications.

According to a decision by the International Commission, which determines the guidelines for the work of the ITS, each of the eleven member states may request a digital copy of the documents available in Bad Arolsen. Recipients of the data include Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, the Luxembourg Documentation and Research Centre on the Resistance, the Belgium and French state archives as well as the Wiener Library in London. Of course, these documents can also be searched for in the ITS database in Bad Arolsen.